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What impressed us after week 8 of 2019 fball season?

Sedgwick off to 8-0 start. Photo: Kelly Degraffenreid
By: Conor Nicholl & Chet Kuplen
Oct 26, 2019

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We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week eight of the 2019 football season. This update is presented by Kansas Turf, Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Commications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita

Class 6A

No. 1 Derby rolled to a highlighted 55-7 victory versus Maize, ranked No. 3 in 5A. The Panthers have won 21 straight contests. Lem Wash continued to fill in admirably for Grant Adler at quarterback. Wash had six total touchdowns, with four passing and two rushing. Wash enjoyed a 99-yard touchdown run. Derby led 42-0 at halftime. Overall, Derby outgained Maize 549-106 and held the Eagles to 14 rushing yards. Derby is the No. 1 seed in 6A West. Derby has outscored opponents 401 to 74 this season.

Olathe North’s Arland Bruce IV finished with 222 rushing yards, 85 passing, along with six rushing touchdowns and one passing score in a 52-7 victory versus Olathe Northwest. OH finished as the No. 2 seed in 6A East with a 6-2 record. G-E took the No. 1 seed on 6A East at 7-1. G-E is ranked third, ON fourth in the classification.

Coach Kevin Stewart that Tyler Bowden (27 carries, 287 yards and two scores) had a big game in Lawrence Free State’s victory versus Lawrence. Free State beat No. 2 Lawrence, 31-30. FS has won seven in a row after a Week 2 loss to Olathe East. Free State’s offense has improved since Malik Berry, a Power 5 recruit , has shifted to quarterback. Bowden had a key 28-yard scoring run. Both Free State and Lawrence ended the regular season 7-1. Lawrence is the No. 5 seed in 6A West, and Free State is the No. 6 seed. There are six 6A teams on the West side that are either 7-1 and 8-0.

Free State lineman Turner Corcoran, the state’s top recruit and a Nebraska commit, had received an offer to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl, one of the country’s most prestigious all-star games. He received his jersey Friday morning. Overall, Free State has defeated Lawrence four straight times and is 15-8 overall in the series, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence has still delivered a huge turnaround from 1-8 to 7-1.

Blue Valley’s Michael Allen recorded an interception in both halves. His pick in the second half sealed the game. Blue Valley won 10-7 against Blue Valley West and ended a two-game losing streak. BV has clinched a winning season with a 5-3 mark and made an improvement after last year’s 4-5 mark.

Dodge City went 8-0, 4-0 in Western Athletic Conference play, and won the WAC with a victory versus Liberal. DC is the No. 2 seed in 6A West behind Dodge City. Dodge City defeated Liberal, 45-6. The Red Demons have permitted just 111 points. Last year, DC finished 6-4 and allowed 268 points.

There seems to be a lot of parity on the 6A East with no teams left unbeaten. Gardner Edgerton only loss has came to a team on the West (Lawrence) and the same with Olathe North to Lawrence on the West (other loss to Columbine Co). Olathe East, Olathe North, Olathe East are 6-2 teams while Blue Valley and Blue Valley West are very scary 5-3 teams battled tested out of the EKL. 

Class 5A

Maize South completed a perfect regular season and improved to 14-1 in its last 15 contests. Max Sullivan enjoyed 183 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Colin Shields finished nine of 14 passing for 189 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 46 yards and a score. Cody Fayette had a big performance up front with multiple pancake blocks and often pushed his opponent more than 10 yards off the ball. It marked the first perfect regular season in Maize South history. Maize South defeated Wichita North, 56-13.

Andover has enjoyed a top-10 defense. Standout linebacker Ashton Ngo played a key role in all three phases. Ngo has started at quarterback the last two games. He plays middle linebacker and serves as long snapper on field goals. Ngo is also the team’s punter. The Trojans are 2-6 after a 17-13 loss to Goddard. Andover has lost games in overtime, by seven, six, three and four points.

No. 2 Wichita Northwest delivered another huge win with a 55-0 victory versus Wichita Southeast on Thursday. Northwest has allowed just two points in the last month and has allowed just 41 points, the best in 5A.

Aquinas and De Soto remain the only unbeaten teams on the 5A East while Wichita Northwest and Maize South remain the only unbeaten on the 5A West. Mill Valley is a very dangerous 5-3 team as is St. James Academy at 4-4 on the West. 

Emporia got its best win of the year on Friday as they defeated Junction City (14-13) on Friday. The Spartans are a dangerous team led by Corby Milleson. Their losses have came to the hands of teams not in the 5A classification (Legend (Co, Topeka, Manhattan). They feature one of the best lineman in the state in Hayden Pauls while Riley Wagner has had a huge year defensively. Beau Baumgardner has had a big year as well for EHS. 

We seem to think there's a lot of parity on the 5A West. Wichita Northwest may be the favorite on paper at this point but there are several teams in the mix with Maize South, Maize, Bishop Carroll, Salina Central, Emporia, Eisenhower. There are also teams with .500 or losing records in the class that are dangerous like Great Bend and Hays.  

Class 4A

Bonner Springs’ Bryce Krone has delivered a big year 1ith 1,938 yards rushing to unofficially rank first in the state in rushing (leaderboard will be out Tuesday). He has helped Bonner win four straight contests and score at least 40 points in every game. The Braves have only lost to undefeated Paola and Tonganoxie. Bonner defeated K.C. Piper, 40-6.

No. 4 Tonganoxie earned a 62-7 victory. Cooper Cunningham finished with 13 carries for 159 yards.

Mulvane defeated Wellington, 23-7, with multiple key non-offensive plays. Mulvane blocked a punt for a touchdown, and had a fumble recovery off a punt that resulted in a score. The Wildcats also recorded a safety on a bad Wellington snap. Cole Diffenbaugh rushed 17 times for 145 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown run. Mulvane has defeated Wellington 12 straight times, according to the Sumner Newscow. The Wildcats have had a nice turnaround after an 0-4 start. Mulvane has won four in a row behind new coach Daniel Myears.

Paola (8-0) has allowed just 58 points all season as they've cruised to an undefeated season in Class 4A. The Paola offense has also scored 309 points. 

Tonganoxie (8-0) has outscored opponents 353 to 82 this season to go unbeaten on the 4A East. Cooper Cunningham has had a breakout year at running back with 1,633 rushing yards. Blake Poje has also been big at the quarterback with over 1,400 yards passing this season. Elijah Tyner and Dallas Bond each have over 500 yards receiving. Cole Sample, the states top shot put thrower, is also one of the best lineman in the state this season for the Chieftains. 

McPherson has outscored opponents 336 to 71 this season to a perfect 8-0 regular season mark. Kaleb Hoppes has had a huge year as a first year starting QB with 1,349 passing for 15 TD/5 INT while rushing for 490 yards with 10 more scores. Aaron Powell has been a breakout receiver in the class this season with 667 yards (6 TD). Jacob Feil has 603 yards this year on the ground with 10 scores. Hoppes also has three interceptions on the defense that is led by Mason Thrash (64 tackles) and Brycen Labertew (58 tackles). The Pups also featue TE/DE Cody Stufflebean who is a Kansas State commit. 

Tonganoxie, Paola and McPherson remain the only unbeaten schools in the class.

Class 3A

Jefferson West’s Cameron Homewood, a senior with Down Syndrome, scored against Santa Fe Trail on the final play of the game. A classy moment from both programs. JW completed the regular season 7-1, including a 45-6 home win versus Santa Fe Trail. The Tigers have four shutouts and have permitted just 45 points.

No. 1 Andale faced a stiff test versus Cheney and won 29-22. The Indians are 8-0 and have not lost in the regular season in three-year coach Dylan Schmidt’s tenure. Easton Hunter had a big interception in the end zone in the first half for Andale.

No. 4 Frontenac improved to 8-0 and defeated rival Columbus to win District 1 and go undefeated in the CNC League. The Raiders defeated the Titans to 24 yards of offense and one first down. Frontenac has allowed just 65 points all season. Credit to coach Mark Smith and defensive coordinator John Palumbo. Alex Johnson had a huge night for the Raiders offensively. The group of 16 seniors could have Frontenac as a major contender on the 3A East. 

Holton delivered its second straight big win and won wild District 4 that also included Wamego, Sabetha and Marysville. Holton improved to 6-2, 4-1 and won the district with a 41-14 victory versus Wamego. Holton has doubled its win total and had big improvement from its offensive line that featured seven new starters. Last year marked the first losing season since Brooks Barta’s first year. Barta has more than 200 career victories and has again made Holton into a top-five team.

Holton had rare passing touchdowns, including a huge halfback play for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead in the first half. Taygen Fletcher found Ian Watkins on for the touchdown. Barta has noted that Watkins has delivered an impressive year at tight end. Wamego scored on the opening drive of the second half, and then Holton delivered 27 straight points. Wamego led 7-0 with the game’s first score in the second quarter.

No. 5 Colby earned the district and GWAC titles. The Eagles are 8-0 and have the first perfect regular season in 1984. Colby defeated rival Goodland, 56-7, on the road.

Prairie View posted a 8-0 mark and had its first perfect regular season in 21 years. PV easily won District 2.

Clearwater quarterback Tanner Cash had 2,000-plus yards of offense last year. He helped the Indians to a 35-14 victory versus Wichita Collegiate. Cash completed 10 of 19 passes for 260 yards and four scores. He delivered 18 carries for 175 yards and a score. Clearwater finished 6-2, 3-2 in district and have a two-win improvement over last year.

Burlington’s offensive line opened holes for 519 rushing yards, including two backs with more than 200 rushing yards. Cael Johnson recorded 239, and Braden Sloyer had 215. Burlington earned a 42-12 road win versus Anderson County and finished the regular season 5-3.

After rare back-to-back losses, Scott City switched Parker Gooden back to quarterback in a 31-0 victory versus Concordia. Gooden had played quarterback the last two seasons. Scott City is 6-2 and earned runner-up in District 8 behind Colby. SC, Beloit and Concordia all finished 3-2 in district play, and SC won the tiebreaker by one point over Beloit.

The class of defense. Andale (61 points), Topeka Hayden (67), Prairie View (63), Frontenac (65), Jefferson West (45), Scott City (66) have had oustanding defenses this season through eight weeks. Holton (99 points) and Halstead (100) points have also been surprise teams this season. 

Class 2A

Humboldt beat Southeast-Cherokee and had its second straight undefeated regular season and district title. Conor Haviland has 1,821 rushing and  29 rushing touchdowns. Haviland rushed 18 times for 339 yards and four rushing TDs. He also delivered 3 of 3 passing for 43 yards with a touchdown. Humboldt earned a 50-18 road victory.

Hoisington’s Wyatt Pedigo rushed for a season-high 293 yards with four touchdowns in a 38-7 victory against Norton. The No. 1 Cardinals have received 1,613 rushing yards and 26 scores from Pedigo. He cleared 2,000 rushing yards last season.

Nemaha Central’s Tyler Gerety had a big week. On Oct. 23, he committed to Kansas for baseball. On Friday, he had four receptions for 111 yards and two scores. He had an interception and broke up multiple passes. NC won District 3 with a 5-0 mark. NC, Maur Hill and Riverside all finished 6-2. However, NC won the district with its Week 6 road win versus Riverside (34-21) and Week 8 at Maur Hill (26-20).

No. 3 Garden Plain earned a 32-21 victory against rival Conway Springs, ranked fourth. GP scored two early touchdowns on runs from Blake Long and took a 14-0 advantage. Long scored, and Conway Springs ran the touchdown back on the kickoff. However, CS was called for a penalty. Long then forced a fumble, which GP recovered. Then, Long had his second touchdown. Matt Pauly rushed for 86 yards for Garden Plain. Peyton Winter led Conway with 198 rushing yards. GP won District 6.

Silver Lake has outscored opponents 374 to 33 this season on the way to a perfect 8-0 record. Their defense has been one of the best in the small classifications of Kansas this season. SL has 13 interceptions as a team and is nearly 50/50 offensively on the run/pass this year. Cody Hay has had a breakout season at the quarterback position for the Eagles while Trent and Gideon Remer lead the team in tackles. 

Riley County has won five in a row and is a very dangerous team nobody seems to be talking about. The Falcons did take 2A runner-up last year in the class. Garrett Harmison has over 100 yards passing while Deon Barnes has over 700 rushing with 14 scores. Avery Brokenicky and Trey Harmison have combined for over 1,000 yards recieving on the year. 

Offense. This class has seen some big production of several units averaging over 40 points per game. Humboldt, Silver Lake, Hoisington, Garden Plain, Maur Hill are all big-time offenses averaing over that this season. 

Class 1A

No. 5 Sedgwick finished the regular season 8-0, captured the Heart of America League and has won nine straight district titles. Sedgwick went 3-0 in District 7 with a 42-7 road victory against Inman. The Cardinals have won every regular season game by 18 points. Sedgwick will have a bye next week. Lance Hoffsommer completed 20 of 25 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns. Mason Lacey had six receptions for 75 yards and a score, and recorded six tackles, two for loss.

Republic County had been much more competitive this year and broke its 26-game losing streak with a 62-14 win versus Sacred Heart. RC’s offensive line, led by Eyann Zimmerman, Jared Baxa, and Kaleb Talkington, paved the way for 13 carries, 300 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half. Zimmerman, a state wrestling runner-up, committed to Bethel College earlier this month.

Olpe (62 points), Sedgwick (47 points) and Smith Center (51 points) have all had great years defensively. While they may be known for their offense, their defense could make them all into contenders. Sedgwick has been known for offense but could their defense be a difference maker? Smith Center is the top dog in the class the favorite to three-peat. Olpe is second in the class in points scored and third in points allowed. 

Eight-Man, Division I

WaKeeney-Trego defeated Hoxie and Hunter Price had an incredible touchdown run. He was tackled, though was never brought to the ground. He rolled over the defender and raced in for the score. Price recorded 278 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Trego has captured a winning season with a 5-3 mark after the 44-20 victory versus Hoxie.

Bennington and will host its first playoff game in many years. The Bulldogs have won four in a row, including a 56-54 overtime win versus Goessel. Bennington is 6-2 and has quietly posted three straight winning seasons.

Caldwell’s Jude Stow enjoyed a big night in a 48-34 win versus Medicine Lodge. Caldwell was 1-3 in its last four games before the victory.

Ness City was 7-0 and Hodgeman County was 6-1 entering Friday night. Last year, Ness City came back from a three-touchdown deficit and upset HC. This season, HC pulled away in the second half to win the District 6 title with a 52-26 victory. Eli Salmans has cleared 1,500 yards this season. He had 28 carries for 197 yards and five touchdowns.

Isaac Salmans had 12 carries for 55 yards and threw for 63 yards. NC’s duo of Jose Guzman and Hector Rodriguez had a big contest. Guzman passed for 153 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 64 yards. Rodriguez finished with 125 rushing and 82 receiving yards.

Macksville defeated Central Plains, 68-22. Michael Seward scored seven touchdowns.

Canton-Galva has scored 466 points this season while allowing just 31. They've posted four consecutive shutouts this season and have had six of eight shutouts in 2019. Over the last seven weeks C-G has allowed eight total points. Their offense has been oustanding, led by senior Landon Everett and sophomore Tyson Struber, with their lowest productive night being 48 points. Can anyone stop this juggernaut in 2019? 

Defense. Canton Galva (31 points), South Central (26 points), St. Francis (30 points), Clifton Clyde (36 points) will all be a factor in the postseason with the low number of points they've allowed this season. 

Eight-Man, Division II

No. 1 Osborne held off Thunder Ridge, 40-34, in a back-and-forth game in Kensington. Standout TR running back Reece Struckhoff recorded 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the first half, nearly all in the first quarter. He has more than 1,500 rushing yards this season. Struckhoff missed the second half for injury/precautionary reasons and is expected to return this week.

Senior quarterback Steele Wolters did a masterful job leading the read-option for Osborne. He rushed for 136 yards, including a game-winning 11-yard score inside the final minute. Credit TR, with freshman quarterback Dylan Bice, for leading in the second half after Struckhoff went out.

Hartford’s Shayden Sull scored nine touchdowns, one shy of the school record. Hartford defeated Rural Vista, 90-60. Hartford completed the regular season 3-5.

Centre-Lost Springs has quietly won District 2 with a 5-0 mark. Jensen Riffel continued his big year with seven carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Lost Springs is 6-2 overall after a 56-6 home win versus MdCV. Lost Springs has permitted just six points in the last five weeks.

No. 4 Hanover defeated No. 2 Frankfort, 52-34. Quarterback Jacob Jueneman passed for 133 yards. Colin Jueneman had a big game with two receiving scores, and 140 kick return yards.

No. 3 Axtell had four-year starting quarterback Quinn Buessing return from injury. He went out with injury early in the big Week 6 victory versus Hanover. He did not play in last Friday’s loss to Frankfort. Buessing completed 16 of 20 passes for 290 yards and four scores. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

In District 3, Hanover, Axtell, Frankfort are all 7-1, 5-1. Hanover was plus-100, Axtell is plus-82, and Frankfort plus-70.

St. Paul leads the class in scoring at 481 points this season while only allowing 76. SP is averaging 60 points per game and have pointed seven of the eight opponents. Adam Albertini has been as good as advertised all season. The question for SP will be, can they hang with some big contenders in the postseason with their weaker schedule? 

Hanover, St. Paul, Osborne, Axtell have all scored at least 400 points through eight weeks to all average over 50 points per game scoring in 2019.


Cheylin posted a perfect 8-0 record season with a win versus rival Weskan. Colton McCarty had 17 carries for 270 yards and nine touchdowns. He completed six of 10 passes for 68 yards and a score. Tyler Sabatka continues to be a great big play threat with three carries for 92 yards and a score. Cheylin defeated Weskan, 89-44. Cheylin has zero seniors on the active roster.

Moscow also kept pace with an 85-33 victory against Fowler. Each team will have a first-round bye in the six-man playoffs that start next week.

Natoma earned a 73-28 victory against Cunningham and has clinched a winning season with a 5-3 record. It marks the Tigers’ first winning record since 2013. Natoma had just six wins combined in the previous five years. This marks the fourth fall of wins improvement.

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